From discrete to continuous evolution models: A unifying approach to drift-diffusion and replicator dynamics

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Abstract

We study the large population limit of the Moran process, under the assumption of weak-selection, and for different scalings. Depending on the particular choice of scalings, we obtain a continuous model that may highlight the genetic-drift (neutral evolution) or natural selection; for one precise scaling, both effects are present. For the scalings that take the genetic-drift into account, the continuous model is given by a singular diffusion equation, together with two conservation laws that are already present at the discrete level. For scalings that take into account only natural selection, we obtain a hyperbolic singular equation that embeds the Replicator Dynamics and satisfies only one conservation law. The derivation is made in two steps: a formal one, where the candidate limit model is obtained, and a rigorous one, where convergence of the probability density is proved. Additional results on the fixation probabilities are also presented. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-277
JournalTheoretical Population Biology
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Drift-diffusion equations
  • Kimura equation
  • Moran process
  • Replicator dynamics

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